Palma.—Calvia Council has shared the cost of the restoration of the historic olive press on the Galatzó country estate in Calvia with the Council of Majorca. Calvia bought the materials and the Island Council paid for the skilled labour.

Thanks to an agreement between Calvia town council and the Balearic Association for Parents of Autistic Children, two young people suffering from autism from the Gaspar Hauser foundation took part in the restoration project. The two youngsters also assisted with maintenance work on the estate, in the gardens, allotment and hen house. The agreement between the Council and the Parents' Association more broadly aims to promote the insertion of people suffering from autism into the labour market.

However, scarcity of funds has meant that restoration projects such as the one just finished at Galatzó are becoming rarer.
Calvia's Mayor, Manuel Onieva, has meanwhile said that he wants the oil press on the estate to start production and for it to become a tourist attraction. “What we ultimately want to do is spend more money on the Galatzó estate and fully restore its dry stone walling and its paths. It is an excellent site for cross country excursions, said Onieva” Calvia Council bought the estate in 2006 for nine million euros.

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